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Organic Gardening: What is eating the pollen from my squash plants?

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daves_not_here
Las Vegas, NV
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2012
1:03 PM

Post #9147892

This might be better posted in another forum. Not sure.

Some sort of animal is eating through the sides of the flowers on both my crook neck, and zucchini squash. They are targeting only the flowers that produce the pollen. If they eat through a female flower it is left alone. I didn't get any pictures when they were fresh, and now the damage has dried up. (it's been warm here)

I'll be spraying bt tomorrow morning, but I'd rather not spray anything that would kill my lady bugs or the praying mantises that call my yard home.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I also posted this in vegetable gardening.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9157181

Various beetles are pollen eaters - but they usually don't hide, you should be able to find some munching away.
daves_not_here
Las Vegas, NV
(Zone 9b)

June 9, 2012
10:26 PM

Post #9158789

I read about cucumber beetles eating pollen and flowers. I guess there are spotted ones and striped ones. I haven't seen any of them yet, but it's not happening as much lately. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled.

Thanks for the heads up.

David

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